10. Oakland Raiders (4-1)
Every win the Raiders have this year has been thrilling. Oakland has a very young team with high potential within three players in particular: quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Amari Cooper, and edge rusher Khalil Mack. Head coach Jack Del Rio has made some bold calls that all have resulted in wins this season.
9. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Not many people were too high on the Eagles coming into the season. Rookie Carson Wentz and the rest of the team are proving everyone wrong. Philly would have most likely won last week against Detroit if it wasn’t for a late Ryan Matthews’ fumble.
8. Dallas Cowboys (4-1)
Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are one of the best rookie tandems the NFL has seen since Andy Dalton and A.J. Green in 2011. Dallas has probably the best offensive line in the league, making it much easier for Prescott to find open guys, and it helps Elliot when he can get past the defensive line on just about every run. Elliot currently leads the league in rushing yards with 546. Prescott is currently second on the all time records for most complete consecutive passes without an interception. The man in front of him? Tom Brady.
7. Green Bay Packers(3-1)
The Packers may have won Sunday night but they did not play well against a much weaker New York Giants team. Aaron Rodgers was off which is not normal for him. The Green Bay defense played great. If the defense plays like they did Sunday night and the offense gets back to playing like normal, Green Bay should have a great season.
6. Denver Broncos (4-1)
The Broncos amazing defense could not stop the high octane offense of the Atlanta Falcons. Denver’s offensive line was really bad against Atlanta’s pass rush which was lead by Vic Beasley who had 3.5 sacks. Rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch did not play terrible, but he did not play great. Lynch threw for 223 yards with a touchdown and one interception, plus two fumbles one of which he recovered. The outcome may have been different had Trevor Siemian been playing under center.
5. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-1)
The Steelers may have the best offense in the NFL with three of the best offensive players. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been superb this season with running back Le’Veon Bell already making an impact coming off his three game suspension. Wide receiver Antonio Brown has not been at his best as of yet but Sammie Coates have been picking up the slack. Coates is in his second season and had 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Jets Sunday.
4. Atlanta Falcons(4-1)
Like Pittsburgh, Atlanta may have the best offense in the league. Matt Ryan currently has the most passing yards in the league with 1,740 yards plus 12 touchdowns. Atlanta has a two-headed monster in the backfield with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Freeman tends to take more of the carries while Coleman is more of a receiving back. Coleman had an incredible four receptions for a 132 yards and a touchdown against the Broncos.
3. Seattle Seahawks(3-1)
Russell Wilson continues to be an elite quarterback in the NFL. Seattle’s defense has been good as it has been for the past two years. The retirement of Marshawn Lynch has really hurt the run game of the Seahawks.
2. New England Patriots(4-1)
Tom Brady or not, Bill Belichick and the Patriots will find a way to win. Even if Belichick had a sixth grader playing quarterback, he would somehow find a way to win football games. Brady threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns in his first game back after suspension. Tight end Martellus Bennett continues to shine, as he caught all three of Brady’s touchdowns even with Rob Gronkowski back in the lineup.
1. Minnesota Vikings (5-0)With quarterback Teddy Bridgewater almost losing his leg and Adrian Peterson out most of the season, most people thought the Vikings season was over before it even really got started. Minnesota made a trade to get Sam Bradford from the Eagles to replace Bridgewater for the season. Bradford has been inconsistent throughout his career but has done great with Minnesota this season. The true key to the Vikings success is mostly because of their defense. Minnesota has the fastest defense in the league as they lead the league with 19 sacks (tied with Denver) and the second most interceptions with seven.